Make sure to wash your swimsuit after each and every wear—even if you don’t go in the water. Sunscreens contain ingredients that can damage the fabric. Also, chlorine is harsher on swimwear fabrics than fresh and salt water and can leave bright colours susceptible to fading.
Don’t throw your swimsuit in the washing machine or use just any old detergent. Wash your swimsuit by hand and use a detergent specifically designed for delicates or high spandex-content fabrics.
Also avoid these don’ts:
- Don’t soak a swimsuit overnight. This can loosen fibers.
- Don’t let a swimsuit dry directly in the sun. This may cause fading.
- Don’t put a swimsuit in the dryer. The heat weakens the elasticity of the spandex.
- Don’t hang a swimsuit on a metal rod to dry. Hanging can alter the shape of the garment, while the metal rod could leave a rust mark that’s impossible to get out.
- Don’t sit on rough surfaces while wearing a swimsuit. The concrete beside the pool or wood from the lounge chairs may snag the swimsuit material. Always lay down a towel before you sit.
Courtesy of: RealSimple.com